29 Jun '11, 8am

Lightning strike kills 18 children, injures 50

Lightning strike kills 18 children, injures 50

A lightning strike at a primary school in western Uganda killed 18 students and injured 50, Ugandan police said on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: AFP KAMPALA - A LIGHTNING strike at a primary school in western Uganda killed 18 students and injured 50, Ugandan police said on Wednesday. The strike killed 15 girls and three boys, a police spokesman said. 'The injured were taken to hospital nearby and 15 of those who were seriously injured were transferred to Mulago hospital,' she said. Local media reported that a further 21 pupils were burned on Tuesday after lightning struck at another Ugandan school. Police could not provide an exact figure for the total number killed by lightning in recent weeks, but local newspaper The Daily Monitor reported on Wednesday a total of 28 killed and scores injured in the past week, including Tuesday's incidents. Uganda is experiencing unseasonably heav...

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